The Inspector General concept is as old as our country. It dates back in part to the Continental Army's custom of having an independent party review the readiness of combat troops. The Library of Congress Office of Inspector General (OIG) fills a similar role by helping to ensure that the Library's business is conducted as effectively, efficiently, and economically as possible.
It is no small task. The Library employs nearly 4,000 personnel and has an annual budget of $750 million in appropriated funds and other revenues. It has a strategic five-year plan that lays out ambitious goals and expectations for the future. To meet such expectations, it is essential that fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement within the Library be held in check.
The OIG oversees all Library of Congress programs and operations and has the independence to decide which activities to review. It conducts audits, investigations, and other reviews and reports semiannually to the Congress, and also operates a hotline so that anyone can report suspected infractions related to Library activities.
Above all, the goal of OIG is to conduct highly credible, useful, and timely reviews that support the Library's objectives.
For more information on how the Office of the Inspector General operates, see Functions, Authority, and Responsibility of the Inspector General (PDF, 85 KB).
See how the Office of the Inspector General is organized (PDF, 347 KB).
Learn more about inspectors general throughout the federal government.
If you have any questions or comments, please call us at the following number: (202) 707-6314.
To report suspected fraud, waste, abuse or mismanagement within the Library, please call or e-mail our hotline: